Spring is officially here and even if the weather isn’t warming up, these April albums will get listeners going.
Sara Bareilles, Amidst the Chaos
The sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is due April 5 through Epic Records. The single “Armor” debuted in October. Bareilles told her fans that the two years since her last album have been intense and “I have a lot to say.”
Khalid, Free Spirit
It didn’t take long for Khalid to get back in the studio. His last EP, Suncity, was released in 2018. Free Spirit will be accompanied by a short film that will screen in theaters and will include two tracks from Suncity. Khalid’s well-regarded hit American Teen debuted back in 2017. The album is expected to include discussion of Khalid’s anxieties, which he hopes many people can relate to. The album drops on April 15.
Melissa Etheridge, The Medicine Show
Concord Records will release a new LP by Melissa Etheridge on April 12. The Medicine Show is Etheridge’s 15th studio album and finds her re-teaming with producer John Shanks. Etheridge described the album as “Calling the album ‘The Medicine Show’ puts straight up, front and centre, that this is about health, wellness, cannabis, this new thought, new paradigm, however you want to talk about it, however you want to understand it. It influences every song on the album. We’re not afraid of this anymore. We’ve come a long way.”
Broken Social Scene, Let’s Try the After Vol. 2
Just one month after Let’s Try the After Vol. 1, Broken Social Scene is releasing Volume 2. The Canadian indie darlings will release both volumes on vinyl on Record Store day. In a press release, the band notes: “The theme is to continue. Sickness, suicide, uprise, love, death, betrayal, hurt, joy, sex, communication, battles and divisions… Let’s just get to their after and start building again. How do we do it within the isolation of self prescribe empty popularity? How does the ego revolt? How does the heart win? Can it? Maybe after we will find out.” Look for the album on April 12.
Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
Lizzo will be releasing her highly-anticipated album Cuz I Love You on April 19. The first single, “Juice,” already arrived via a fun retro workout video. Lizzo says her favorite track on the album is “Cuz I Love You” and she allegedly wrote it in just 10 minutes. The album drops on April 12 and a tour will follow.
Cage The Elephant, Social Cues
Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant are bak, four years after their Dan Auerbach-produced album Tell Me I’m Pretty. Their newest, Social Cues, was borne from the pain of lead singer Matt Shultz’s divorce. Brad Shutlz said the brothers clashed during the making of the new music, which they wanted to be more ambitious and experimental in its sound. Social Cues is out April 19.
The Flaming Lips, King’s Mouth
The Flaming Lips will put out their next album, King’s Mouth, on April 13. Lead singer Wayne Coyne raised expectations by announcing that the Clash’s Mick Jones would “narrate” the album and will be on almost every track. In an Instagram post, Coyne also tagged Nile Rodgers, Miley Cyrus, Dan Deacon, and Post Malone. It is not clear whether these musicians are featured on the album, but Coyne had previously expressed a desire to work with Malone.
The Cranberries, In the End
Before Dolores O’Riordan’s untimely death last year at the age of 46, the Cranberries had recorded an album of new material. One year later, her bandmates are closing out the Cranberries with album In the End. The album contains 11 new songs. Noel Hogan said: “We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.” The album arrives via BMG on April 26.